While Hamilton had its fair share of chocolate, Toronto had a rich history in the candy business. The Kerr Brothers, who made hard candies and toffee, originated in St. Thomas but moved to Toronto in 1904. Rockets were produced at the Ce De Factory on Queen Street, the same street where Eaton's was located. Laura Secord Chocolates, owned by Toronto's Frank O'Connor opened its doors on Yonge Street in 1913. (My Dad recently told me that Americans liked Laura Secord Chocolates so much that they sold them in the U.S. as well. However, with bad memories of Laura Secord warning the British that The Americans were coming during the War of 1812, they sold the chocolates under a different name.) Finally, the British Company, Cadbury, operated on Gladstone Avenue. It was there that the Crispy Crunch was born in 1930 as a result of an employee competition.
Toronto Eaton's Candy Counter circa 1904 courtesy http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/Do/October-2014/Looking-Back-Toronto-birthplace-of-the-Crispy-Crunch-Canadas-Land-of-Candy/.
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